September 27, 2011

BLT Pasta Recipe

This BLT Pasta dish is unconventional and I must say, delicious. It is a little rich with cream cheese and bacon, but the pasta lightens it up a smidge. The best part? It's equally as delicious cold the next day.

BLT PastaIngredients
16 oz. dry pasta {we prefer penne}
12 slices bacon
1 medium onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 cups chicken broth
2 (14.5 oz) cans diced tomatoes
4 ounces cream cheese, softened and cubed
1 1/2 cups grape tomatoes, halved{or regular ones, cut up}
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
Salt and pepper, to taste

Slice the bacon into 1/2 inch pieces.  {I discovered a super neat trick. Take bacon directly from the packaging, all nice and lined up and cut it before cooking. So much easier than cutting it after it's cooked} Cook in a large skillet until crispy. Remove bacon and drain on paper towels.  Leave about 1 tablespoon of drippings in skillet.  

Cook pasta according to package directions until just al dente; drain.  

Add onion, garlic and red pepper flakes to bacon drippings in skillet.  Cook for 2-3 minutes, or until onions are soft.  Stir in chicken broth and diced tomatoes and bring to a simmer. 

 Add cubed cream cheese and stir until cream cheese is melted and smooth. {I've had issues with my cream cheese not being chunky. I think it may be because it's Walmart brand. But my grandmother whisked it vigorously and it eventually blended into the sauce} Season with salt and pepper, to taste {We don't add salt to anything, so skipped on this and trust me, with the bacon, it's quite salty}.  Add pasta, grape tomatoes, bacon and parsley and cook until heated through, about 2 more minutes.  

Top with Parmesan cheese and serve. {Tip: I took some of the Kraft parmesan cheese, you know the fake stuff, and put it in a creamer dish from my tea set. Stick a teaspoon in there and voila! Fancy parmesan cheese that doesn't break the bank}

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Lula said...

yum lauren! looks great~!

Rach @ This Italian Family said...

Ooh this looks delicious! I love anything with bacon, haha!

Cherished Bliss said...

Wow that looks delicious! Thanks for sharing at Craft and Tell!

Ashley said...

um yes i am officially hungry! thanks for sharin girl!

Kassandra @ Coffee and their Kisses said...

This is going in my pinterest to make! I'd love for you to join my brand new linky party!

Sarah said...

This looks SO yummy! My mouth is watering! :-)

Laurie said...

This looks SO good. I love bacon!! Thanks for linking up at Hope to see you again next week!

Marie said...

So YUMMY!! Thanks so much for linking up with us at Show & Share! Hope you’re joining us again this week!


sstone said...

Bacon and cream cheese...What can go wrong? I'm pinning this for later.:) My hubby will be all about the spices in it too.:)